Johnny Raper Wiki – Johnny Raper Bio
Johnny Raper Australian professional rugby league footballer was born on 12 April 1939 and died on 9 February 2022. He was Former Australian rugby league captain Johnny Raper has died aged 82 after suffering from dementia.
He was one of the Immortals, named as one of the best rugby league players in Australia. Raper played for Australia 39 times, nine of which were as captain when he led his country to World Cup victory in 1968, although he too had a stellar club career.
He died at the age of 82.
One of the original Immortals, Raper was also named in rugby league’s team of the century following a decorated career that included eight consecutive grand final victories with St George. The champion lock also captained Australia during his 39-Test career.
Lock reached eight consecutive Grand Finals with St George Dragons between 1959 and 1966, winning all of them, helping Raper to be named in the Rugby League Team of the Century.
He has also twice won the NSWRL Player of the Year award and played alongside other Immortals at St George such as Reg Gasnier, Graeme Langlands and Norm Provan.
He was a character on and off the pitch, and one of the reasons why the club became the world brand it has.”
And Jack Gibson, a former teammate who died in 2008, said: “He [was] small and not that fast, but he had football instincts.
“There was an intensity to him. No one trained like him.” ARLC President Peter V’landys also paid tribute to Raper, saying: “Today we have lost one of our all-time greats.
“An Immortal, a captain of the Kangaroos, and a player who won first place eight times. Johnny was the best of the best.
“Johnny was a soccer genius. He had a gut instinct for rugby league like few others we’ve seen. He wasn’t the biggest player on the field, but he was the smartest. Johnny’s exploits with the Dragons will forever remain a part of Rugby League legend.
“On behalf of the game, I send my deepest condolences to Johnny’s family, friends and teammates.”
Johnny Raper Net Worth
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